9 things to know about Ben Carson

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Update, March 4, 2016: Ben Carson has decided to end his 2016 presidential bid.

The doctor is in the race.

Retired pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson today plans to announce he’s officially running for his first political office — president.

Carson, the first neurosurgeon to successfully separate Siamese twins conjoined at the head, became a conservative star in 2013 after delivering a fiery speech at the National Prayer Breakfast against President Barack Obama’s health reform overhaul. Carson formed a presidential exploratory committee in March, but by then, supporters had already contributed millions of dollars to super PACs created to back his prospective bid.

Here’s more on Carson’s political and financial history as he enters the increasingly crowded Republican presidential field:

Image sources: AP

Sources: Center for Public Integrity reporting, Federal Election Commission

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